Two years ago I saw the picture of Aylan Kurdi, the three-year old Syrian boy who drowned as his family fled from Syria to Europe. There had already been constant stories from the refugee crisis then, but when I saw that image there was something about it that deeply affected me. My son Hugo had been born a few months earlier, and I had recently become a step-father. Viewing the image of Aylan in that light, I was struck by the injustice, that something so tragic could happen in the same world where I am able to live mostly unaffected by the circumstances that have impacted so many. Like others I knew, I wanted to do something positive for this humanitarian crisis, however small, and specifically for the children caught in it. I realized then that I didn’t know what to do beyond donating to a charity, but that I didn’t even know the best charity for which to donate. During this time I came across the International Rescue Committee, and was inspired by the work that they do. The IRC is a highly regarded organization that deals with the worst humanitarian crisis, and a place where you can feel secure that your support will be utilized in the best way possible.
Earlier this year I decided to sign up for the NYC Marathon, and to run on behalf of the International Rescue Committee, raising money for the significant work that the charity is involved in. I would be honored if you would support my fundraising, however small, as it all makes a difference. My hope is that by taking this journey I can not only raise the fundraising goal of $3000 but also spread awareness of the IRC and the important work they are doing.
Thank you for taking the time to read this, I really appreciate it.
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